Heart of the Prairie

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 968 ratings

Waiting for Summer's Return Publisher's Summary

Suddenly all alone in 1894 Kansas, Summer Steadman can't find the employment she needs to settle near the fresh graves of her husband and four children. Bitter against the Lord and refusing to eat, she collapses in despair. Remembering his own painful loss, godly widower Peter Ollenbuger offers her food and shelter for tutoring his 10-year-old son.

Kim Vogel Sawyer has penned an inspiring debut novel whose unforgettable characters resonate with emotional intensity and compelling authenticity.

©2006 Kim Vogel Sawyer (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Waiting for Summer's Return

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    Suddenly all alone in 1894 Kansas, Summer Steadman can't find the employment she needs to settle near the fresh graves of her husband and four children. Bitter against the Lord and refusing to eat, she collapses in despair. Remembering his own painful loss, godly widower Peter Ollenbuger offers her food and shelter for tutoring his 10-year-old son.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By California Rose on 04-04-07

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Where the Heart Leads

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    With a college diploma safely in hand, 20-year-old Thomas Ollenburger is torn between his Mennonite roots on the Kansas prairie and his affluent life in Boston society - and by romantic entanglements in each world. And now even Heaven seems deaf to questions about his choices of vocation, wife, and home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as "Waiting for Summer's Return"

    • By Shirley on 01-30-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • A Promise for Spring

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    In A Promise for Spring by ACF Book of the Year novelist Kim Vogel Sawyer, Geoffrey Garrett leaves his 17-year-old fiancée in England while he establishes his Kansas ranch and builds her a proper house. But when he sends for her five years later in 1874, it's clear her feelings have changed far more than his. Despite his desire to marry and her wish to leave, they forge a compromise. If she remains as the ranch's housekeeper until spring, he will pay for her trip back home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this story

    • By A. C. on 08-23-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • A Hopeful Heart

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
    • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Drawn to the enduring truths of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s gentle stories, fans and critics alike have fallen in love with the novels of this ACFW Book of the Year Award winner. Set in 1888 Kansas, A Hopeful Heart tells the story of a young woman from Back East who’s convinced she must settle for a life that’s second best. But as she struggles to overcome the challenges of a new faith and the hardships of frontier life, she may discover that—for her—the best is yet to come.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A HOPEFUL HEART

    • By Teresa on 09-25-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • Courting Miss Amsel

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Laurie Birmingham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    In this enthralling tale, schoolmarm Edythe Amsel arrives in 1882 Nebraska with lofty goals. Soon her teaching methods—and her views on women’s rights—ruffle feathers. Only Joel Townsend speaks in support of the teacher who’s won the affection of his nephews. But when Miss Amsel reveals her deepest beliefs, he can no longer defend her—even if she’s stolen his heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book.

    • By Deborah on 07-21-14

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • A Whisper of Peace

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Christina Moore
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    Kim Vogel Sawyer enlivens listeners’ hearts with her CBA and ECPA best-selling inspirational novels. Set in 1898 Alaska, A Whisper of Peace finds Lizzie Dawson living alone in a forest cabin, ostracized by the members of her native tribe - thanks to her mixed Athbascan and white heritage. Into her world comes missionary Clay Selby, a man devoted to spreading the word of God. Lizzie and Clay’s attraction is immediate, but it also threatens to derail Clay’s work and further alienate Lizzie from her people.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow

    • By Shawnna T on 12-11-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 8

    • Song of My Heart

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Laurie Birmingham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent - though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sweet Romance and Easy Listen

    • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 09-01-13

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 9

    • A Home in Drayton Valley

    • Heart of the Prairie, Book 9
    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    A Home in Drayton Valley is a tale of keeping the faith in the face of great uncertainty. In 1880, Tarsie Raines is traveling from New York to Kansas with the Brubachers: Joss, Mary, and their two children. Along the way, tragedy strikes, leaving Tarsie and Joss alone to face an unthinkable crisis - and only God’s love to guide them forward.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Promise of the heart

    • By Donna/BookTiger on 03-09-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 10

    • Where Willows Grow

    • By: Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    Set in 1936 Kansas, Where Willows Grow transports listeners to America's drought-stricken heartland as the hopes and dreams of hardworking farmers blow away with the wind. As pregnant Anna Mae and her husband Harley struggle to feed their growing family, Harley travels 100 miles to build a WPA monument. But Anna Mae grows increasingly desperate as months drag on with no word from her husband.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Where Willows Grow

    • By Trudy on 09-15-08

    Regular price: $32.87